ALCONA, ON – By the time the curtain had fallen on the 2019 Sunset Speedway season, Brandon Passer’s spot as a regular weekly threat in the division had become irrefutable.
The third-generation racer finished second in the 2019 Super Stock championship at the Innisfil, ON facility. Tallying a pair of weekly points-paying wins as well as an impressive August invitational event victory as part of his strongest campaign to date.
“We’ve been pushing ourselves to do big things with this team because we know just how good we can be,” says Passer. “This program is at the point now where it can contend every night. If that’s not happening it’s because we’re doing something wrong.”
“This division forces you to either get better or quit – there’s not really a third option,” adds Passer. “We came with our best stuff this season and it wasn’t quite good enough to win the championship. So we’re going to go home and improve. I promise that what we come with in 2020 will be even better.”
While Passer enjoyed solid runs throughout Sunset’s five-month season, he was especially effective in the schedule’s second-half, registering a bevy of podium finishes and looking every bit like a driver who will one day top the division’s championship points standings.
“We were real good at the end of the season,” says Passer. “We found our rhythm and just got into that groove where every week we were finding a little bit more in this car. Every time we had it on track it felt better.”
“Once you start running well and knocking off good finishes it just motivates you to work harder. This division is such a grind because everyone is so talented and works so hard on their stuff. If you can win a race – or even run up at the front – you leave the track feeling like you’ve really accomplished something.”
Though Passer’s family-operated team will likely never out-budget their competition, the work ethic that the team has prided themselves on for the past five seasons is unmistakable.
“It’s nice to prove that you don’t need a huge operation to be successful from one week to the next,” says Passer. “I wouldn’t trade these guys for anything. Pretty much every person on this team has been with me since Day 1. We’ve made mistakes and gotten better as a group.”
“I hope I can win a championship with these guys soon,” adds the personable racer. “We’ve put in the work to get where we are and we’ve still got farther to go. We’ll be ready for 2020 without a doubt, we still are pondering where we will be racing and how much.”